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tallyman

[tal-ee-muh n] /ˈtæl i mən/
noun, plural tallymen.
1.
a person who tallies or keeps account of something.
2.
British. a person who sells merchandise on the hire-purchase system.
Origin of tallyman
1645-1655
First recorded in 1645-55; tally + -man
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  • I noticed it, myself, with more especial observation, at my post of tallyman.

    The Bonadventure Edmund Blunden
  • Some of them had to pay a shilling a week to a tallyman or credit clothier.

  • I was again dressed up in a borrowed boiler suit for the duties of tallyman.

    The Bonadventure Edmund Blunden
  • The only individual who was received with equal cordiality by all ranks, was the tallyman's traveller.

  • And the side of bacon lay upon the hillside until the tallyman from Portburdock found it in the morning.

    The Wonderful Visit Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for tallyman

tallyman

/ˈtælɪmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a scorekeeper or recorder
2.
(dialect) a travelling salesman for a firm specializing in hire-purchase
Derived Forms
tallywoman, noun:feminine
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